SAN JOSE Happy Hollow Zoo
1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112-2520
Tel: (408) 794-6430
Located in Kelley Park, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo has been providing affordable family entertainment, education and fun since 1961. The Park is a peaceful, creative and safe place for children of all ages, with the main focus on "little ones" between the ages of 2-10. There are creative play areas, children's rides, hand puppet and marionette shows, special events, and birthday areas.
The Zoo is an accredited institution that participates in conservation and propagation of rare and endangered species while at the same time offering children the opportunity to see wondrous animals such as the ruffed lemur or the pygmy hippopotamus. It also gives hands on experience with many animals and the education that is needed to secure the future of endangered species. The petting zoo features llamas, goats, guinea pigs and miniature horses.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is one of San Jose's beloved attractions. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo reopened to the public in March 2010 after being closed for renovation. The park & zoo has been opened now for three years and has been successful in attracting an average of 430,000 guests annually. The new Happy Hollow combines innovative green architecture with whimsical fun and is the only zoo that is Gold LEED Certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Since re-opening the park & zoo has received several notable awards such as the 2013 Acterra Business Environmental Award in the category of Sustainable Built Environment, the 2012 Silicon Valley Chapter of American Public Works Association Project for the Pedestrian Bent Bridge”, and Bay Area Parent Magazine's Best of the Best” Award for Best Zoo and Nature Center” in the Bay Area.. The zoo also received national accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), meeting the highest standards of animal care, stewardship and advocacy. The Happy Hollow Foundation (the park's non-profit partner) has worked closely with staff over the last few years to fund improvements to the Capybara and African Spurred Tortoise Habitat Exhibits and to the vintage Crooked House which opened a few weeks ago in March. The Foundation has hosted several signature events including the annual Hoot & Howl, Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures, Jungle Love Valentine's Party, Wildlife Dance Party, Brunch with the Beasts and the Teddy Bear Picnic. The Foundation also assists by securing grants and other funding for the Zoo Education Program and other innovative programs such as the Eat Like a Lemur” program